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"John the Rabbit" Lyrics, Text Format

Comparing straight rhythms to dotted rhythms. Beginning phrases on the second half of the second beat.



  • Grade: Second
  • Origin: African – Traditional
  • Key: G Major
  • Time: 2/4
  • Form: AaBBbbCCDE
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti/ ri ti ti | ti ti (ti) ti ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti | ti ti (ti) ti | ti ti ri ti |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Do Re Mi Fa So
  • Intervals: intermediate: call: So/Do, Mi\Do, Do\La, So/So dominate octave skip entrance, Do/So, Do\So entrance; response: no intervals
  • Musical Elements: notes: quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, sixteenth; rest: eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, call and response
  • Key Words: Easter, holiday, seasonal, seasons, spring garden, farming, farmer, growing plants, vegetables, rabbit, habit, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, Fall, cotton; contractions: ain’t (am not), gonna (going to)


“John the Rabbit”

Oh, John the rabbit, oh, yes,
Got a mighty habit, oh, yes,
Jumping in my garden, oh, yes,
Cutting down my cabbage, oh, yes,
My sweet potatoes, oh, yes,
My fresh tomatoes, oh, yes,
And if I live, oh, yes,
To see next fall, oh, yes,
I ain’t gonna have, oh, yes,
Any cotton at all, oh, yes. (no)

Alternate responses: yes,ma’em
no, ma’em
yes, sir
no, sir
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